WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Zach MacDowall completed 17 of 26 passes for 233 yards, and a touchdown, to lead Coastal Carolina to its first win of the season -- a 26-7 victory over Monmouth on Saturday.
The Chanticleers (1-2) dominated Monmouth on offense. Coastal Carolina had 416 offensive yards in the game, versus 267 yards for the Hawks (0-3).
In the opening drive, MacDowall completed a 34-yard pass to Trent Usher deep into Monmouth territory, close enough for Coastal Carolina kicker Justin Durham to make a 28-yard field goal.
When Monmouth then got the ball, the Chanticleers' Marrio Norman was able to pick off a Brett Burke pass. MacDowall was then able to complete a 42-yard pass to Jamar Anderson to bring Coastal Carolina down to the 2-yard line. Running back Vince Starr then busted into the end zone to give the Chanticleers a 10-0 lead with 4:16 left in the first quarter.
Coastal Carolina continued to rack up points through the game. In the second quarter, MacDowall made an 18-yard touchdown pass to receiver Brandon Whitley, and Durham later made good on a 38-yard field goal.
The Chanticleers' Jamie Fordham ran 5 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Monmouth's only points came in the fourth quarter, when Bobby Giles scored a touchdown off a 3-yard run with 5:22 left in the game.